Penn State ex-president heads to trial in Sandusky scandal

     A student walks in front of the Old Main building on the Penn State campus. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo, file)

    A student walks in front of the Old Main building on the Penn State campus. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo, file)

    Penn State’s former president is about to go on trial on charges that children were put at risk by how he responded to complaints about Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago, and two of his former top lieutenants who just pleaded guilty in the case could testify against him.

    Jury selection begins Monday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the case that will determine whether Graham Spanier’s handling of the Sandusky scandal amounted to the three felonies he stands accused of. He’s charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and a single conspiracy charge.

    Spanier headed the Penn State university system when Sandusky was charged with child molestation in November 2011. Spanier was forced out as president days later.

    Sandusky is now in prison on child molestation convictions.

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